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May 7, 2001


DALLAS (SMU) -- Geoffrey C. Orsak has been named associate dean for research and development for the School of Engineering at Southern Methodist University.

In this new capacity, he will work to enhance the research currently being conducted by faculty members in the School of Engineering and identify new and innovative research and development opportunities for the school.

Orsak has been an associate professor of electrical engineering at SMU since 1997. He also is director of the Infinity Project, a national partnership between SMU, Texas Instruments, leading national universities and high schools that is bringing advanced engineering and technology education to high school classrooms.

Prior to coming to SMU, Orsak was associate professor of electrical and computer engineering at George Mason University, where he also served as a presidential fellow.

Orsak received his B.S.E.E., M.E.E., and Ph.D. degrees in electrical and computer engineering from Rice University.

Orsak's research interests include wireless communications, signal processing, information theory and engineering education. He is co-author of the forthcoming book, Multimedia and Information Engineering, which will be one of the first high school engineering textbooks ever published.

He currently serves on the advisory committee of the Technology Leadership Academy sponsored by the Gates Foundation and based at the Texas Association of School Administrators. During 1998-99, he served as a member of the Defense Science Study Group, a program sponsored by the Institute for Defense Analyses that introduces outstanding young scientists and engineers to challenges facing national security.

"Professor Orsak is imminently qualified for this position," said Stephen Szygenda, dean of the SMU School of Engineering. "He is a world-class researcher and an excellent teacher. He brings an enthusiasm to our administrative team that will help facilitate the advancement of our research stature and our initiatives to develop new programs and facilities. We are delighted to have Geoffrey as part of the team that is advancing engineering at SMU."